When I left you, we were at WEBS, about half way through the Market at Stitches Midwest. There wasn't much that tempted us enough to write it down in the 500 and 400 Aisles. That was odd, to me at least. Those aisles included Shelridge Farm (a favorite for ever, owned by the ever delightful Buffy, and a long time supporter of Seasons of Lace). I said hello to Buffy on the way by once, somehow, I don't think we got back there, and I have no idea why. Those aisles also included Yarn Barn - a shop that always seems to get a ton of my money. Yarn Barn failed me. And it failed Elizabeth (no 36" chia goos for her).
However, Aisle 400 wasn't a total loss. At South East Animal Fiber Fair (Booth 429) and then again at Mia Bella Yarns (Booth 332) we found Juniper Moon Farm's Findley and Findley Dappled. Such yummy yummy yarn -- it has that silk and wool combo. This was a close close call. Not only was the yarn soft and delicious, but the skeins had lots of yardage. The color I wanted was at Mia Bella. Even ganking them, I can't seem to find good pictures for you (and I wholly failed to take any). In the end, this one came down to the Findley or another yarn, which you'll see later. I opted for the other because it was much less expensive, but I'm keeping track of the Findley -- it's much softer!. (Subsequent research reveals that WEBS carries this too.)
In Booth 304, we found one my old favorites: Ellen's Half Pint Farm. Ihave adored her yarn for years. Sometimes I get to buy some, sometimes I don't. This year I came very close -- but the kit I coveted was only still there in colorways that neither appeal to nor look good on me. I'd link to it, but it's brand new, and not on the website yet. Elizabeth yielded to the temptation of one of her patterns.
While I was being tempted by sock yarn (of which I need none - well, okay, I do need one skein of sock yarn in conservative "mens" colors), I encountered Sophies Toes in booth 334. I wonder, if I retired from doing anything else, could I knit enough to use up all the wonderful yarns I'm tempted by? Really? Sophie's Toes was full of temptation. Her Etsy site is empty right now, but that's to be expected after a weekend selling yarn at Stitches. This means I'll just have to wait to get my hands on any of this (Merino Cashmere Blend, or this Merino Sock):
Both pictures stolen from Ravelry.
Nearing the end of our stamina was Tucker Woods Yarn, in Booth 224. Their shop was just FULL of temptation. Their sock yarn, 100% superwash, was soft, and came in extra long skeins (490 glorious yards), and miraculously inexpensive. Lurking nearby was a bunch of Jewel - both Elizabeth and I were very tempted by this yarn. We went back again and again. 1100 yards of yumminess all in one hank. And there were the other yarns - several different variations on the sock yarn theme.
Booth 202 finally yielded up Elizabeth's needles. (Thanks Adela's Yarns!) Sadly, the shop didn't tempt me at all.
Elizabeth saved me from Blue Heron Yarns (Booth 212), by buying the one yarn there that really tempted me. Thanks Elizabeth!!
Among the other wonderful temptations was really pretty yarn that I found at Creatively Dyed Yarns. Oddly, though I know she was there, I can't find on the Vendor Map...
So. That almost sums up the temptation. Sort of. Next up... the reveal --> which things I actually yielded to and purchased.